Burnett will sign a contract with the Browns on Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Burnett was granted his release from the Steelers on Monday after a disappointing 2018 in which he totaled only 30 tackles in 11 games. The 30-year-old should compete for the starting role at strong safety with new addition Eric Murray, as 2018 starter Jabrill Peppers was sent to the Giants in the trade for Odell Beckham (quadriceps) in March.
The Steelers have released Burnett.
Burnett fell off the IDP radar last season, logging just 30 total tackles in 11 games in his first and only season with the Steelers. Whether the 30-year-old resurfaces on the fantasy radar in 2019 depends on where he ends up, but it seems unlikely he'll approach the statistical heights he reached during his peak years as a Packer.
The Steelers informed Burnett he will be released before Apr. 1, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Pittsburgh planned to release the 30-year-old safety this past Wednesday but will wait another week because of an accounting issue. Regardless of when it happens, Burnett figures to have trouble finding a starting job on the open market, as he hasn't played a 16-game season since 2012 and struggled in coverage the past couple years. It wasn't so long ago that Burnett was the top tackle compiler among all defensive backs, averaging 7.6 per game in 60 appearances from 2011 to 2014.
Burnett reportedly would like to be released by the Steelers to pursue a more traditional safety role elsewhere, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Burnett had 30 tackles in 11 games during his first season with the Steelers, and was overtaken for snaps at strong safety by rookie Terrell Edmunds. The veteran then served in a hybrid safety/linebacker role, but apparently wants to play the more traditional position. Burnett carries about a $6.5 million cap hit for next season, and could be released with approximately $2.8 million in dead cap.
Burnett had three tackles (all solo) during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
After eight years with Green Bay in which he averaged more than 87 tackles per season, Burnett struggled in his first season with Pittsburgh, finishing the 2018 season with 30 tackles in 11 games. Outplayed by rookie Terrell Edmunds, Burnett still has two years remaining on his current contract and will likely return in 2019 to provide depth in the Pittsburgh secondary.
Burnett (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Burnett was listed as questionable despite three full practices this week, and will make his return after sitting out Week 13 against the Chargers. The 29-year-old should assume his rotational role at strong safety behind rookie Terrell Edmunds.
Burnett (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Burnett sat out the Steelers' Week 13 loss to the Chargers due to a back injury, but he has now logged three straight full practices. If the veteran safety is able to suit up against the Raiders on Sunday, he'll play his usual rotational role.
Burnett (back) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Burnett sat out Sunday's loss to the Chargers after not practicing during the week. His advancement to full participation after the week off well puts him on track to return Week 14 against the Raiders, with a reserve role at safety likely awaiting him.
Burnett (back) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Burnett was listed as doubtful after not practicing this week, so his inactive status Sunday was to be expected. The veteran safety has played limited snaps in recent weeks, and rookie Terrell Edmunds will continue to start at strong safety.
Burnett (back) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Burnett did not practice in any extent this week, and he appears on track to sit out Sunday's primetime tilt against the Chargers. If Burnett is indeed unable to suit up Week 13, expect Jordan Dangerfield, Mike Hilton and Artie Burns to benefit from slightly increased workloads.
Burnett (back) did not practice Wednesday.
Burnett is nursing a back injury of undisclosed severity, which he appears to have picked up during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Broncos. The veteran safety saw his lowest snap count of the season (18) during the Week 12 lost, possibly due to the nagging back issue. If he's unable to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday, expect Jordan Dangerfield, Mike Hilton and Artie Burns to see slightly increased defensive roles.
Burnett had five tackles (three solo) during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina.
A nagging groin injury that forced him to miss several games earlier this season seems to be fully recovered, and he now has 10 tackles in his past two games. Heading into a Week 11 game against Jacksonville, Burnett has no passes defended and no interceptions, seriously limiting his fantasy value.
Burnett (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Burnett has remained sidelined due to a lingering groin injury since Week 2, but appears to be nearing a full recovery. "It felt good to be able to participate and get back in the normal flow of things," Burnett said. If the veteran safety can continue to fully participate in practice, he appears on track to suit up against the Browns on Sunday.
Burnett (groin) logged a partial practice Monday and could play Sunday against the Browns, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
The 2010 third-round pick has been dealing with a groin injury and has not seen the field since Week 2 against the Chiefs. The fact that Burnett is at least practicing in limited fashion is a positive sign for his Week 8 availability. It's unclear whether Burnett would assume the starting job if he's able to play in Week 8. If he doesn't suit up, however, Terrell Edmunds would likely continue to start at safety.
Burnett (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Bengals.
Burnett didn't log a practice this week and hasn't played since Week 2 against the Chiefs. In his absence, fellow safety Terrell Edmunds has gotten at least 70 defensive snaps per game. That volume is likely to continue with Burnett sidelined again.
Burnett (groin) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.
Burnett was unable to participate in practice Thursday and Friday after limited participation Wednesday, so his outlook for Sunday in terms of potential availability worsened throughout the week. If Burnett is unable to suit up Week 5, Terrell Edmunds would be in line to draw his fourth start of the season at strong safety.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Burnett (groin) is expected to practice this week, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Burnett has missed the last two games after suffering a groin injury in mid-September. He spent the first eight years of his career with Green Bay before joining the Steelers this offseason.
Burnett (groin) is listed as inactive for Sunday night's tilt against the Ravens.
Burnett aggravated the injury during practice this week and will miss a second straight contest as a result. Nat Berhe will take his place.
Burnett (groin) is doubtful to play in Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Burnett injured his groin in Thursday's practice and was unable to return Friday. In his likely absence Sunday, Nat Berhe is slated to take on extra snaps.
Burnett (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Joe Rutter of the Trib Live reports.
Burnett was able to fully participate in practice to begin the week, so Thursday's participation is a downgrade. It remains to be seen whether the veteran safety suffered a setback, or whether the Steelers are simply taking a cautious approach to Burnett's recovery. Burnett should be considered questionable to suit up for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
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